Saturday, February 21, 2015

Newbie Alert

Hi!  And, welcome to my blog!!  I am a complete newbie when it comes to blogging.  I've been "talking" about it for months...ok, maybe...years.  I finally took the plunge and had a blog made.  Let me tell you, as difficult as it was to determine fonts, graphics, blog features; it was WAY easier than figuring out how to create it on my own.  A huge thank you goes to Megan at A Bird In Hand Designs for designing the blog and to Jessica at JWIllustrations for creating the custom girl graphic and having the cutest summer graphics in her store.  I just LOVE how it turned out!  It truly shows who I am.  If you read my About Me page you'll know that I have the cutest baby boy!!!  I'm currently on maternity leave and won't return to the classroom until the end of March, possibly the beginning of April.  It all depends on how many snow days we have.   With this being said, I won't be blogging much about my classroom.  I won't be there to share what's happening or take pictures.

So today I'm going to share BP's Valentine's Day gifts for Mommy and Daddy.  Of course, I didn't take any pictures...I'll get the hang of this...eventually.

As I've mentioned, I'm a wanna-be crafter & DIYer.  I REALLY want to be able to make fun things at home, especially with vinyl.  I have a weird addiction to vinyl; although I've never used it.  I've always dabbled in creating graphic wall art on my computer.  I've made several as gifts for weddings and baby showers.  Well, this year I asked Santa for a Silhouette Cameo for Christmas.  I must have been good because I got one!!!  What do you think is the first media I decided to work with?!?!?!  You got it!  VINYL!  I googled several videos on how to use the machine, specifically with vinyl, and got straight to work.

Initially, I found this craft at 517 Creations.  The more I thought about it, the more I realized how difficult this was going to be with a 2 month old.  So, I went to Michaels and bought four 9x12 canvases.  Four, you ask?  Yes, four...just in case I made a mistake.  Good thing I planned ahead because I used all four.  I also purchased red and white acrylic paint and paintbrushes.  I mixed the paints to get three different shades of pink and painted an ombre pattern.  I was pretty impressed with how they turned out!  Next, I created the words on the Silhouette, cut them, and attempted to place them on the canvas.  This was NOT so easy.  The first time I did it, I chose a font that had TONS of cut-outs.  It would have been cute but it was impossible to manipulate.  I finally decided on easier fonts.  After a few tries of cutting, peeling, laying, I got them onto the canvas and VIOLA!  The perfect Valentine's Day gifts.  I added BP's name and the year.  Now, you may ask, "How did a 2 month old help make these gifts?"  He actually took a few long naps and I was able to work during that time!!  What more could I have asked for!  Check out the picture of our final work.  Daddy loved it and immediately put his in his office.

That's all for today!  Hopefully you'll stick around for more of my rambles!  


  1. I LOVE your new blog! It is adorable! Congrats on your new baby. Enjoy the rest of the time you have home with him!

    1. Thank you so much!! I can't imagine life without him:)

  2. Congratulations! Your blog looks great! :-)

  3. I love your new blog! It's wonderful! Congratulations on starting a new adventure!
    Friendly Froggies

  4. Your blog looks fantastic and I can already tell that you'll have wonderful ideas to share. Enjoy this time with your little guy! He's adorable! I look forward to reading more!

    Mrs O Knows

  5. I just love your blog! I can't wait to see what goes on in your classroom. Enjoy the rest of your time off!

    Techie Turtle Teacher

  6. Your blog is adorable! I love the summery theme and colors. :-)

    I look forward to reading your future posts.

    Tami Steele

  7. Congratulations on your new blog. It looks fabulous! One day I will get someone to help design a more professional looking one for me. Your baby is adorable. Cherish your time with him.

    Charlene/Diamond Mom
    Diamond Mom's Treasury